LA CASA LOBO Chile/Germany, 2018, Joaquín Cociña, Cristóbal León This award-winning, nightmarish stop-motion animation was inspired by Chile’s horrific “Dignity Colony,” a barbed-wire-enclosed agricultural commune founded in 1961 by a German ex-Nazi. It became notorious for rampant human rights abuses—even before it began colluding with the brutal Pinochet regime. In the movie, a young woman escapes such a compound, outrunning a wolf to take refuge in a small cottage in the woods. There she lives with two pigs who turn into children. Meanwhile, her troubled psyche constantly manifests itself in the house’s endlessly morphing interior. “[Fuses] Grimm, the early shorts of David Lynch and the stop-motion work of Jan Svankmajer into a visually engrossing, reference-rich and disturbing tale about the mental delirium of a young girl…A creative tour de force.” –Hollywood Reporter. Adults only. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 73 min. The Wolf House, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 5/15 thru 6/4 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/the-wolf-house-at-cleveland-cinematheque
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